Author and pro-Union supporter JK Rowling was among the first celebrities to hail Scotland’s decision to turn down independence.
The Harry Potter writer, who declared her support for the No campaign with a £1 million donation earlier this year, said as the final result became clear: “Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud.”
She had previously used her website to voice her concerns about the economy and medical research in the lead-up to thereferendum.
But her position on the Yes/No vote made her the subject of online abuse from pro-independence supporters over the past few months.
The author was born in the West Country, but has lived in Scotland for 21 years and currently lives in Edinburgh.
Scottish entrepreneur and model Michelle Mone, who had threatened to leave for England if the nation voted Yes, said both sides had fought passionately.
“It’s all over. It’s been extremely hard work, well done to all. We are all passionate about Scotland both No and Yes. Change will happen.”
Hollywood star Alan Cumming urged fellow Yes voters not to give up campaigning for more powers for Scotland following the defeat.
He tweeted this morning: “My YES friends, let’s turn our passion towards ensuring the Devo Max promises the Westminster establishment have made to us are delivered.”
He later added: “Yes still means something. Please try to remember that.”
The X-Men actor, originally from Aberfeldy in Perthshire, had previously joined Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail for an independent Scotland.